AWS has launched a new Intel x86-powered version of its latest EC2 instances.

The company introduced its sixth generation of EC2 instances – powered by AWS-designed, Arm-based Graviton2 processors known as EC M6g – last year.

The new Amazon EC2 M6i instances utilize Intel’s Ice Lake Xeon Scalable processors. The company said these x86-based instances are ‘a good fit’ for running general-purpose workloads such as web and application servers, containerized applications, microservices, and small data stores. It also claimed the higher memory bandwidth is ‘especially useful’ for enterprise applications such as SAP HANA and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

M6i supports up to 128 vCPUs per instance and up to 512 GiB of memory, support 40 Gbps bandwidth, and are available in nine different instance sizes that feature varying amount of vCPU, memory, networking, and storage.

The M6i instances are built on AWS’ Nitro System, which offloads compute and memory resources of the host hardware to separate hypervisor and hardware.

EC2 M6i instances are available today in six AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Frankfurt), and Asia Pacific (Singapore).

AWS introduced the predecessor EC2 M5 instance, powered by custom Intel Xeon Platinum 8175M processors, in 2017.

Last month AWS announced it was retiring the EC2-Classic instances next year.

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